Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Homemade Ranch "Chips"

My babies will not eat sliced, diced or wedged potatoes. It drives me crazy because they LOVE french fries when we let them have them. I kept trying and trying with potatoes and finally found a yummy way that they actually like them... crisped and sliced thin like potato chips!

You'll need:

  • 2-3 Large potatoes
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ranch powder 
  • salt and pepper

Start by slicing your potatoes very thin. Think potato chip thin. Put them in a bowl and toss them with olive oil. Lay them out on a cookie sheet. Make sure they aren't layered so every "chip" will get crisped. Sprinkle generously with ranch seasoning. Place them in a 400 degree oven. When they start to turn a pretty gold color, take them out and toss them a bit to try and get all sides that color. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop back into oven. When they look tasty enough to eat and some are that beautiful golden brown, take them out! ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday Randoms

I have been so busy posting recipes and crafts, I almost forgot to post what I really want to talk about and thats my babies! Lets catch up!

Mine and Matt's anniversary was the 15th! Celebrated 6 happy wonderful years with my man a day early (after all it is football season and we played MSU the day of our Anniversary). Matts dad and step mom came to the house and put them to bed for us so we could go out! We went to a delicious dinner at Outback and then grocery shopping. Wild, right? We both enjoyed it. Getting to actuality browse and not having to hurry was so fun. We even looked at a few Christmas present ideas for the babies and might have bought one or two!

Thank you paw-paw and Chick for babysitting! The kids love them so much and I know they were so happy that they came to our house.

 Alabama played the number 1 team that weekend and I was a nervous wreck. TBH I wasn't as nervous for this game as I was the LSU game because that was just crazy. We had friends over, cooked out and had a good ole time!

Mine and Jocelynn's reaction to us beating the number ONE team!! Here we come FSU!! We just have to get past our enemy first.. Auburn. And they always give us a great game. Just hoping we beat them so we get the chance to play FSU.

The twins had their Thanksgiving program at school last Thursday! I cant even begin to explain to you how nervous I was. I had butterflies in my stomach that whole morning. This is the first time they had ever done anything like this! Ms. Alana told me they cried when she put their turkey costumes on too. I was prepared on Thursday morning. I gave Ms. Alana two dollars and told her "If they cry, give them these and tell them if you wear these costumes I will let you have a dollar". After the program worked she said "it worked!" Well, of course! This is how we have been rewarding them at home. She told me that we were going to go broke by giving them so many dollars and I leaned my head over, put my hand up to my face and whispered "Little do they know, they are getting the same dollar over and over again". Everyone died out laughing. 

Back to the play.. Jocelynn and JP's finally walked out and they looked so precious in their little turkey aprons and hats. Joc and JP sat right next to each other and did not move a muscle. I was laughing so hard. My babies are so shy. You could tell that Jocelynn wanted to get up and dance and sing but every time she looked at her bubba it was like he was saying "don't do it". I am still so proud of them. They even saw me and Maddie and didn't even cry. Me and Maddie were lucky enough that Aunt Jill came with us too! On another note, I think I lost 5 lbs running after Maddie over and over and over again. She wanted to get on that stage and show everyone what she had. Everyone laughed at me chasing her but there is literally no taming that child. I would rather chase her over and over.. and over again rather than her scream.

We've had a few tough days here lately. It was so cold a few days in a row last week that you couldnt even walk outside without freezing. Inside we were. Cooped up and going stir crazy. What else to do than take off all your kids clothes and turn on Shake It Off by Taylor Swift? The answer is nothing. You do just that. I might not be a lot of things but I am a mom of three babies under 3 and I know a few tricks, if thats what you want to call it. 

Matt had a fishing tournament this weekend. It was his classic for fishing all year long. He fishes this tournament trail with his dad and he said they had so much fun! They got 3rd place and angler of the year! We were so proud of our daddy;) The kids had a ball playing in a puddle at the weigh in. Guess who made the other children start playing in it and get soaken wet too? Yup, miss Maddie Rae.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Wish List 2014

Its that time again! Time for a holiday wish list!

I love making wish lists. Its possible you could get one thing or a few things. You could even send it to your whole family and wish for it all! After all, that is why its called a Wish List. I am completely happy with everything in my life but it never hurts to wish for something, so here is my wish list for this holiday season!

1. Gold Bar Necklace. I LOVE these! So pretty and you can get any names or dates engraved to it. I don't know a certain shop but I have been looking around on Etsy. Just search "Gold bar necklaces" in the search window on Etsy.

2.R&F. I have been wanting Rodan and Fields for a long time! A friend of mine sent me some samples a couple of months ago and I was amazed to see a difference within just a couple of days! If I don't end up getting this, it will be my goal to save some money to purchase some. It is a bit pricey but that's what you have to pay for good skin care and this stuff speaks for itself!

3. Gift Cards! Who doesn't love a gift card? It is a present that you cannot go wrong with! I love giving gift cards too if it is one of those people who have everything. I would love gift cards from some of my favorite online boutiques: Hazel & Olive, Shop Riff Raff, Jane.

4. A new lens. A good one too. I want a good lens so bad. One that takes good quality pictures. It doesn't even have to be this one but I would like something similar. My lens doesn't even auto focus anymore! I love taking pictures with it too especially now since I got eye-fi and I can get the photos through wifi from my camera to my phone! This lens looks amazing so I am wishing hard on this one;)

5. DATE NIGHT! I am wishing for someone, anyone, to gift us with a date night for NYE. I cant remember the last time we went out for New Years. For the past few years I have either been pregnant or laying little babies down for bed at an early hour. Matt goes to a friends house while I stay home with the kids but this year I would really love to go out together and have fun! Maybe even dress up and go eat dinner too!

6.Tieks!! These flats speak for themselves. Anyone who owns a pair is going to tell you to buy a pair. I've heard they are as comfortable as they look. Usually I wouldn't pay for something like this when it doesn't look worth it to me but I haven't heard any negative rumors about Tieks.. We could all use a good pair of flats!

7. 3D Fiber Mascara!! I have never had a problem with my eyelashes until recently. I used waterproof mascara for a week or so in a row and it destroyed them. I have always used cheaper brands from Walmart or CVS. I have heard such good things about this from friends and other bloggers. People are even putting before and after pics from using it and I was amazed. Something else us girls cant live without!

8. Photoshop! Please oh please!! I have been asking this for as long as I can remember. I should have took the plunge last year when it went on sale for $90 on Amazon. I am going to keep an eye out to see if the price will drop back down this year for the holidays and might finally buy it!!

Here's to wishing you get what you want too!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Easy and Delicious Banana Pudding!

Do you ever crave banana pudding? I DO!! You know whats funny? I hate bananas. Like really, hate them. I don't like the texture, the taste or anything about them. So how can I love banana pudding?? I ask myself the same question all the time. I can stand the taste of the banana pudding and I just eat around the bananas when I make banana pudding. I know, I am crazy. I am here today to share with you all my maw- maws banana pudding recipe. Its been used for years and years and I am sure everyone else probably knows it this way too but I thought I would share it anyway!

You'll need:
  • 3 lbs bananas
  • 16 oz cool whip
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 small white chocolate pudding
  • 1 small banana creme pudding
  • 1 small french vanilla pudding
  • vanilla wafers (I used a box and a half because the cookies are my fav)
  • 5 cups of milk

Start by mixing the milk and pudding mixes. Whisk for 2-3 minutes until it starts to thicken. If it doesn't thicken just leave it alone for a little while and it will. I whisked mine for a while and it wasn't thickening while I was whisking so I left it alone and 5 minutes later it was very thick. After it thickens up add cool whip and sour cream. 

Cut bananas and put in the bottom of your bowl or trifle dish. I use a cake pan turned upside down. Sprinlkle a generous amount of cookies in the bottom with the bananas. Pour some pudding mix over those bananas and cookies. Repeat until you're out of ingredients and pudding mix is the last layer. Make cookie or bananas or both look pretty on top and serve! Or chill until needed;) ENJOY!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Scavenger Hunt (Free Printable!)

I saw this idea on Pinterest a few months ago and thought "how neat!" My babies would love this! A fall scavenger hunt. You could really do anything with this. You could do in the house scavenger hunt and a Christmas Scavenger hunt too! I might just do that for you all.

I designed these and am in love! And guess what? I made you all a printable version!! Just click HERE to print yours!

They were perfect for an activity during halftime of the Alabama game! And it wasn't too cold that day so the kids had fun while hunting for everything! This is the first time the twins have ever done a scavenger hunt. Jocelynn got it. She looked at the picture and then looked at me and said "Now I have to get an acorn?" I told her yes and then she said "Can I get two of them?" Well, of course you can baby! JP on the other hand, he didn't get it so much. I went to check on him and help him when I noticed his bad was full of balls and leaves! Got to love those boys;)

And whats a scavenger hunt without Mimosas?? It made it a little bit more fun for the adults;)

I know it might be too late for this hunt for some people because I know its snowing in most places today!! That's so crazy! Honestly, we didn't have a lot of these bright leaves or even saw a pretty fall tree but we improvised. It hasn't rained here in a long time so everything is just dead and not colorful at all! Maybe y'all will have more luck at finding these things! I will have a winter one coming too! Remember click HERE if you want to print out yours now!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Redneck Playground

My babies love playing outside and I do mean LOVE it. Since DST happened we have been faced with a dilemma. It is dark at 4:45!! 

We spend a lot of time outside playing on the playground and jumping on the trampoline but we cant see where to run it is so dark so early now! I came up with a solution! Christmas is coming up, right? Lets put Christmas lights around the playground so we can actually see and play in the late afternoon!

I have to say it is the best thing ever! Maddie kept going "WOOoooowwww!!" And now the nights we want to skip bath time and play instead, we can! I will say that we will have to bundle up and wear layers because its FREEZING outside today!!

Now off to get ready to go celebrate being married to my best friend for 6 years;)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crescent Roll Wrapped Asparagus

I found a recipe a while back for this. I'm not sure where I found it, probably Pinterest, but it looked so good to me. I started reading the recipe and thought "hhmm, theres no way thats good" but I cooked them a couple of nights ago and everyone went back for seconds! I love finding a good different side to get us out of the ordinary

How amazing do these look? Believe me, they taste amazing too.

You'll need:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Can of Crescent Rolls (I used the big buttery ones)
  • Asparagus 
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Parmesan Cheese
Heat oven to 350.
First thing is first, roll out the crescent rolls onto a sprayed cookie sheet. You can separate them or keep them together for the next part but I found it easier to separate mine because only 8 came in the bigger can. Spread the cream cheese onto the crescent roll. The original recipe said to do a generous spreading of it but I didn't because I wasn't sure how it would taste. So this part is up to you. 
Then take your asparagus, I used two spears in each roll but you can use as many or less as you want, put on the fatter end of the crescent and roll up. 
Take the beaten egg and brush it on top of the crescent and sprinkle parmesan immediately so it will stick. 
Cook until crescents are golden brown and mouth starts watering!! 

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